Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sewing Conversion Table for the Yardstick

1/8 of a yard = 4 1/2 inches
1/4 of a yard = 9 inches
1/3 of a yard = 12 inches
3/8 of a yard = 13 1/2 inches
1/2 of a yard = 18 inches
5/8 of a yard = 22 1/2 inches
2/3 of a yard = 24 inches
3/4 of a yard = 27 inches
7/8 of a yard = 31 1/2 inches
1 yard = 36 inches

More free conversion charts:



Pick-A-Pocket Purse

Pick-A-Pocket Purse

A simple bag cleverly incorporates six outer pockets for everyday necessities. The sew-simple trick is that the pockets are formed when the straps are sewn on the bag pieces.

Designer: Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie

Go to this link for the designer of this tote's instructions.   I used the measurements provided by mickeyleigh below for the larger tote. 


mickeyleigh wrote:

"I Love this bag!I've made 6 of them!! to make a LOVELY LARGER tote - cut your pieces as follows... 2 @ 22x30 1/2 ~ inside print; 2 @ 22x26 1/2 ~ Outside pocket print; 4 @ 6x28 ~ Straps (attach 2 end to end for total strap length of 55"); 2@ 21 3/4 x 15 1/4 ~ batting. :: after constructing panel, before attaching panels to one another, stitch a line 3 1/2" from bottom of panel to keep goodies from sliding down to the bottom of bag. :-)."

The above measurements creates quite a large tote.  For my second tote, I think I will try making all the above measurements an inch smaller.  I'll get back to you on how that comes out.  This is easy and fun to make.  I made the owl fabric tote for my daughter.  I can't wait to start on mine.  I don't think I'll buy another purse again!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Favorites

Christmas Favorites

Ornaments and Decorations Collected over the Years

 Pillows Cross Stitched by Celia Avery (Mama)

Stocking Cross Stitched by Diana Lee

Victorian Santa Cross Stitched by Celia Avery

Friday, November 23, 2012

Holiday Cranberry Salad

Holiday Cranberry Salad

This salad is wonderful for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  My family loves it.  Enjoy!

2 pkgs of small raspberry jello
1 ¼ cup of boiling water
1 16 oz. can of whole cranberry sauce
2/3 cup of port wine
1 16 oz. can crushed pineapple (undrained)

8 oz. pkg of cream cheese, softened
1 cup of Cool Whip
1 cup of powdered sugar

Dissolve the jello in hot water.  Add the cranberry sauce and pineapple and let set for ½ hour. 
Add the wine, stirring well.  Chill for 4 hours.  For the topping, mix the cream cheese, cool whip
and powdered sugar with a beater until smooth. If needed, add a little more Cool Whip or milk. Spread over the jello salad and serve. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

USMC Officer Ensemble

"USMC Officer Ensemble"

I cross stitched this design for my husband, Larry, for his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1991.  For more information on this pattern, please comment below.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Star Tours 1986

1986 Souvenir from the grand opening of the Star Tours ride at Anaheim Disneyland. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hand Made Quilt by Celia Avery

Hand Made Quilt by Celia Avery

This beautiful quilt was hand sewn by my mama, Celia Avery.   It is a treasured gift that will become a family heirloom someday.  I love roses and hummingbirds and my mom captured my passion for the two with a hand embroidered hummingbird and a counted cross stitch rose.  I love my quilt!  Hubby, Larry made the beautiful quilt hanger too.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pin Cushion with Matching Tote

 Front or top of Pin Cushion

 Back or bottom of Pin Cushion

Pin Cushion

Here is a fun pin cushion to make from Holly of  www.alittlestranger.com.   Follow her fun and easy instructions on her video at the following link:


You can find the two darling contrasting fabrics at the following link:


I purchased this fabric at JoAnn's Fabrics and the sewing theme buttons were purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Matching Tote

 I made the matching tote using the instructions from the following link:


I finished the tote off with a liner for the above tote with the matching contrast fabric.  

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Favorite Taco Salad

Favorite Taco Salad

I got this recipe from a church member at a potluck dinner.  It makes a lot of salad and is great for any gathering.  Enjoy!

1 pound of ground beef
1 package of taco seasoning (not hot)
1  14 ounce can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
One large head of iceberg lettuce or 2 small, washed and dried well
(A salad spinner works great here)
5 Roma tomatoes , chopped fine
1 cup of finely chopped red onion
3 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1  16 ounce bottle of Thousand Island Dressing
1 large bag of Nacho Cheese Flavor Doritos, crushed.  It's easy to just
open the bag and lay it flat on the counter and crush with your palms.

Brown the ground beef in a large frying pan.  Add the taco seasoning with 3/4 cup of water, stir well, add the kidney beans and simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let totally cool to room temperature.  Meat mixture should not be warm at all.

Tear the lettuce into a very large bowl.  Add the tomatoes and onion.
Stir in the completely cooled meat mixture.  Next, stir in all of the Thousand Island dressing and mix well.  Add the cheese and Doritos; mixing well. 
Serve with favorite salsa or all on its own.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Cheap and Easy Packing Material

Cheap and Easy Packing Material

Here is an easy and inexpensive way to make your own packing material with items you probably already have on hand.  Just wad up newspaper pages and stick them into a plastic shopping bag you get from the store with your items.  Tie the bag shut and you have great packing material without getting newsprint on the item(s) you are going to ship. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Glazed Drumsticks

Glazed Drumsticks

2 packages of chicken drumsticks, about 10 to 12 in each package
1 1/2 Tbs cornstarch
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp ginger
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup of water

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Place drumsticks in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Bake, turning once, for 30 minutes.  Mix the remaining ingredients into a
saucepan.  Cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils.  About 3 minutes.
Brush part of the sauce over the drumsticks.  Continue baking the chicken, turning and
brushing several times with the sauce until the chicken is done and richly glazed.  If you
like more glaze on your chicken, double the sauce recipe.   Enjoy!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Grandma Nellie Moore Avery Banfield

Grandma Nellie Moore Avery Banfield

Above is the article in the Sunday Commerce Paper Newspaper of March 7, 1976.  http://www.coca-colacompany.com/history/2009/10/spotlight-on-the-world-of-cocacola-betty-and-elaine.html

When my grandmother was 16, she modeled for Coca Cola.  She told us the hat she wore in her image on the tray cost her $6.00.  Her dress was $20.00.  Both were expensive back in 1921.  Above is a newspaper article from 1976.

My daughter, Kristen gave me this tray for my birthday.  She put the Coca Cola coaster of grandma at the bottom corner and made the beautiful flowers at the top opposite corner.  I added the Graphic 45 Place in Time paper embellishments along with images of grandma. 

Nellie Moore Avery Banfield

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Have your own Oscar Party Night

Having an Oscar party is a lot of fun.  There are many sites to search on the Internet to help you plan a memorable night for you and your guests.  To get ready for the big night, go to Oscar.com for printable ballots for each of your guests.  Have your guests fill out the ballots while watching the red carpet ceremony the hour before the awards.  It's always a treat at the end of the evening for the closest winner of the ballot guessing to receive a lovely gift basket or Oscar Swag Bag much like the ones the academy gives to that evening's nominees for the Oscar.  You can go to your local dollar store and purchase a basket or gold bag and the items to go inside.   It's fun to decorate the basket in golds with ribbon, etc. The sky's the limit on what to put inside the gift bag. If your budget allows, you can make a bag or basket for each guest.  Below are ideas we've done that we would like to share with you to help with your party.  Have fun planning!

There are many sites online you can go to and purchase invitations for your party.  Here we made our own using a Print Shop program on the computer.  We used the Academy Awards poster for that year as the background.  It was inserted first and then lightened up.  The words were then placed over that image.  Borders and background were added.  There's no limit to your imagination on what you design.

For your table a centerpiece can be made using a clapboard from the Print Shop program for your computer.  As shown in the below photo, you can add whatever you would like to the clapboard image.  Your local party supply store will have Oscar party decor, dinnerware, etc to help you too.  We went to the Internet and got information on Oscar trivia.  They were created into questions with photos from past Oscar images using the Print Shop program.  We cut them into separate sections and placed them under a clear plastic table cloth over a linen one as shown in the photo below.  The answers were done the same way, then placed sporadically under the clear plastic table cloth.  Our guests had fun reading the questions and finding the answers while dining on the different dishes that were prepared.  

One of the things I enjoy quite a bit when planning and preparing for the Oscar party is creating ideas for the food that will be served.  It is fun to take a movie title and incorporate it into a dish.  You can use the movie title for the films nominated for the year of your party or, like I do, use past movie titles that go well with a food dish.  Below are some examples of dishes we've prepared in the past.  Have a wonderful Oscar Party!!

"Ratatouille" Dip

1 small eggplant, chopped
1 cup of onions, chopped
1 cup of chopped red peppers
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup of Kraft Sun Dried Tomato Dressing
1 zucchini, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Wheat Thins Toasted Crackers

Cook and stir the eggplant, onions, peppers and garlic in dressing in a large skillet on medium heat 8 minutes.
Add the zucchini and tomatoes; cover.  Simmer 5 to 7 minutes or until tender.
Stir in Parmesan Cheese.
Spoon into a serving bowl and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.  Serve warm with the crackers.

Peggy "Sushi" Got Married

We went to a Japanese restaurant and ordered take out sushi for this dish.  In the past I had made sushi but mine isn't as tasty as the sushi you can get at a restaurant.  : )

Tropic Thunder Meatballs

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 egg
1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
1 cup grape jam  (jam, not jelly)
1 cup ketchup
Dash of salt and pepper

Mix gr. beef, soup mix, salt and pepper, egg, and  bread crumbs
together.  Form into tiny meatballs (this takes awhile). Brown in
a frying pan in batches, drain on paper towel, then place in a large pot.

In a glass bowl, combine ketchup and grape jam; microwave to melt, stirring
until combined well.  Pour sauce over meatballs and simmer one hour,
careful not to burn them. Serve in a casserole dish or chaffing dish with
toothpicks beside for guest to use to spear them. 

You can add 1 can drained pineapple chunks if desired.

"The Ghost and Mr.Chicken" Won Tons with Blackberry Szechuan Sauce

Szechuan sauce:

1 cup blackberry puree
1/2 cup dry sherry
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp oriental chili sauce
1-1/2 tablespoons honey

For filling:

1 tablespoon butter
1 Tbls powdered onion
8 ounces cream cheese cut into small chunks
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
1/2 pound shredded cooked chicken
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 dozen won ton wrappers
Vegetable oil to cover bottom of wok to 1/4".

Combine the ingredients for the sauce in a medium bowl.  Heat to simmer.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  Keep warm.

Combine the filling ingredients and place 1 1/2 tsp amount in the middle of one won ton wrapper.  Fold in half lengthwise.  Fold the top edge down to the middle of the half.  Bring the two bottom corners together.   Have a small bowl of water handy.  Dip finger in water and moisten the two corner edge together.  Place in hot oil and cook until just getting brown.  About 30 seconds.  Remove and drain on paper towels. 

Serve with the sauce.  Enjoy!!

The Arbor on the Red Carpet

Arbor Mist's Raspberry sparkling wine, Chilled
Dash of cranberry black cherry juice, Chilled
Gold sugar  (can be found in the cake decorating isle)
Fresh raspberries

Wet rims of each martini glass with a clean damp cloth.
Place 2 Tbls of the gold sugar in a deep bowl.  Dip the wet rims in the sugar.  Pour the Arbor Mist's sparkling wine 3/4 of the way full and add the cranberry black cherry juice.  Float with 3 raspberries.